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Jay L. Clendenin

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Jay L. Clendenin

Jay L. Clendenin joined The Times as a staff photographer in October 2007. Clendenin has focused his attention in Los Angeles on portraiture, but he has more than 12 years of experience in photojournalism.

Leaving San Jose State University in 1998 with a degree in journalism, Clendenin started his first newspaper job at the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. After four years, he went on to pursue work as a freelancer in New York City and eventually in Washington, D.C. He spent nearly five years in the nation’s capital, documenting politics, taking portraits and chasing human interest stories, all while maintaining a presence in the White House press pool. He also made many trips to Capitol Hill for Time magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and other publications.

A native of California who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Clendenin greeted the opportunity to move to the warm beaches of the South Bay with open arms.

He is enjoying every opportunity to record the history of the moment and has earned numerous awards, including honors from the National Press Photographers Assn., Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Assn.


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